Arsenal confirm that David Luiz has undergone successful surgery on his right knee and is now recovering

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Arsenal confirm that David Luiz underwent successful surgery on his right knee this morning and is recovering at home … as the Gunners defender faces a race against time to return before the end of the season.

  • Arsenal’s David Luiz has had surgery on his right knee, the club revealed
  • The Brazilian defender missed the 3-0 defeat of the Gunners against Liverpool on Saturday
  • Mikel Arteta said he wasn’t sure Luiz would play again this season
  • The Gunners have eight league games left plus their Europa League bid

Arsenal have confirmed that David Luiz has undergone surgery on his right knee and will return from fitness ‘in the coming weeks’.

The Brazilian center-back missed the Gunners’ 3-0 home defeat against Liverpool on Saturday night, with Mikel Arteta admitting he wasn’t sure Luiz would play again this season.

The center-back, who turns 34 this month, now faces a race against time to get back into shape in time for the rest of the season, with the Gunners hoping for success in the Europa League and the last eight games of the Premier. League season. .

Arsenal defender David Luiz has had surgery on his right knee, but will return within weeks

Arsenal defender David Luiz has had surgery on his right knee, but will return within weeks

Arsenal boss MIkel Arteta (left) was unsure whether Luiz (right) would play again this season

Arsenal boss MIkel Arteta (left) was unsure whether Luiz (right) would play again this season

Arsenal boss MIkel Arteta (left) was unsure whether Luiz (right) would play again this season

A statement from Arsenal’s medical staff said: “The procedure has been successful and David is now back home in rehabilitation.

He can return to daily support and recovery with our medical team in the training center for the next few days.

“David is expected to be fully fit and available for selection again in the coming weeks.”

Luiz wrote on Instagram from his hospital bed: ‘The procedure was successful and I’m going home soon! I want to thank you all for the supportive messages and for the medical staff who did a great job! I WILL BE BACK STRONGER !!! Let’s all keep fighting together, never give up !!! #HAPPY EASTER’

Luiz said the surgery was a success and he hopes he will train again soon

Luiz said the surgery was a success and he hopes he will train again soon

Luiz said the surgery was a success and he hopes he will train again soon

Luiz has played 29 times this season, but is racing against time to return before the end of the season

Luiz has played 29 times this season, but is racing against time to return before the end of the season

Luiz has played 29 times this season, but is racing against time to return before the end of the season

The Brazilian defender has played 29 times in all competitions for the North Londoners this season, including starts in five of Arsenal’s last six league matches.

Arsenal were beaten fairly comfortably on Saturday night without Luiz, with Diogo Jota scoring a brace on either side of Mohamed Salah’s strike.

The Gunners were disappointing on offense, testing Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker just twice – a tame header from Nicolas Pepe and a long-range shot from Cedric Soares.

Speaking of Luiz’s chances of being back in the spotlight this season, Arsenal manager Arteta said: ‘I don’t know. It depends on what decision we make. If it is more conservative, it will be short-lived. If it’s a bit more radical with what he needs, it will take longer. ‘

Luiz 'Arsenal wants to close the season strongly and can still win the Europa League

Luiz 'Arsenal wants to close the season strongly and can still win the Europa League

Luiz ‘Arsenal wants to close the season strongly and can still win the Europa League

The loss to Liverpool leaves Arsenal nine points behind fourth-placed Chelsea with eight more games of the league season.

Luiz will not be available on Thursday-evening for Arsenal’s Europa League quarter-final first leg against Slavia Prague. Should the Gunners win the league, they will qualify for next season’s Champions League group stage.

The Gunners took another blow to the defense on Saturday evening when Kieran Tierney walked out against Liverpool in the first half of the game.

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